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Game Notes: March 25 vs. Calgary

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues face the Flames for the third and final time in the 2016-17 regular season tonight. Calgary currently occupies the first Wild Card spot and sits just one point ahead of the Blues in the Western Conference standings overall. St. Louis enters the game having won four in a row and nine of their last 10 overall, while the Flames are 7-3-0 in their last 10. The Flames will likely start former Blues goaltender and the franchise's all-time shutout leader in Brian Elliott. Elliott faced the Blues for the first time since being dealt to the Flames back on Oct. 25. That night, Elliott made 23 saves and the Flames left with a 4-1 victory. Overall, the Blues have gone 9-2-1 in their last 12 games in this series, while the power play has connected in 10 of those games (13 for 40, 32.5 percent). A win tonight would give the Blues their first four-game home win streak since they won six straight from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1.

What to Watch

Alexander Steen has a chance to become the Blues' all-time leading Swedish international scorer. He is currently tied with Jorgen Pettersson with 161 goals as a Blue. It would be fitting for Steen to eclipse Pettersson tonight as he's hosting a group of 27 friends from Sundsvall - his hometown hockey club back in Sweden. Steen's fellow Swede - Magnus Paajarvi - will dress in his 300th career game tonight. Paajarvi is coming off his second career two-goal game on Thursday vs. Vancouver.

Milestones

David Perron - 1 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 2 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 9 shy of 100 assists as a Blue / 7 shy of 600 career points
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 7 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 4 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 4 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Magnus Paajarvi - 1 shy of 300 career games / 9 shy of 100 career points
Alex Pietrangelo - 5 shy of 300 career points
Patrik Berglund - 7 shy of 300 career points

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Quick Hits

Flames rookie and St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk is the son of former Blue Keith Tkachuk who played nine seasons with the Blues and ranks 8th on the franchise's all-time points list (427)

Brian Elliott broke the Blues' all-time shutouts record with his 21st clean sheet on March 17, 2015 in Calgary

David Perron has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) over his last seven games against the Flames

Jake Allen has allowed two or fewer goals in 13 of his last 18 starts…the Blues are 31-3-3 when conceding two or fewer goals this season

Schedule Watch

The Nashville Predators, who are currently tied in points with the Blues, are hosting the San Jose Sharks tonight

50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1994, Brett Hull scored his 21st career hat trick, including his 50th goal of the season as the Blues won 5-3 over Dallas in St. Louis. Hull reached the 50-goal mark for the fifth consecutive season

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